A friend gave me this recipe more than 2 decades ago, but I didn't try it out for several years. Now it's a staple in my house at Christmas time. The nice thing about this recipe is that it'll make you 2-3 regular loaves, but 6 one-pound loaves...great for teachers, neighbors and co-workers, one batch makes a lot of gifts!
I call it Grandmas Scott's Pumpkin Bread, instead of Jill's -- the friend who gave me the recipe -- because I use the bread as a prop in my short story The Priceless Gift.
The last thing Christina Scott expects Santa to bring her is a sexy—and very familiar—cowboy. Gavin Holloway’s just as shocked to discover she’s the woman he’s sent to pick up from the airport for a Christmas visit with her brother. They'd spent one hot week together months ago—a week where they both left their identities and individual problems behind. Neither ever expected a reunion.
Little do they know, Santa's elf has more than coal up his sleeve. Ho ho ho and a badgering we'll go before reindeer two-step on their rooftop and deliver THE PRICELESS GIFT that will leave their snowy days sizzling
The Priceless Gift is a prequel to A Gift Beyond All Measure - which is set to be released tomorrow at The Wild Rose Press.
Grandma Scott’s Pumpkin Bread
3 C sugar 1 C oil
4 eggs, beaten
2 C cooked pumpkin (16-oz can)
3 ½ C flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
¾ C water
1-1 ½ C chopped nuts
1) Combine sugar, oil and eggs until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin.
2) In another bowl, combine dry ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture.
3) Add water and nuts.
4) Spoon batter into well greased and floured pans (2-3, depending on size*).
5) Bake at 350º for 60-70 minutes.
*If making 1 pound loaves, you can make 6 loaves with one batch.
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Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
~ Mary Ellen Chase